Innovation Awards


Innovation Awards

TSNN's Best of Innovation Awards! 

The 2022 TSNN Awards honored shows that really knocked it out of the park on innovation! 

The overall WINNERS in each category were revealed onstage during the 2022 TSNN Awards Gala Nov. 9 at Caesars Forum!

2022 TSNN Innovation Awards went to: 

  • Best Exhibitor Program: Affordable Shopping Destination - ASD Market Week
  • Best Use of Technology: Anime NYC
  • Created (Maintained) Culture: Channel Partners Conference & Expo
  • Giving Back (Charitable): World of Concrete
  • Hybrid-Virtual Experience: New York Vet
  • Savvy Marketing Campaign: InfoComm
  • Team Building: VMX 2022
  • Created (Maintained) Community: AQS QuiltWeek
  • Best Engagement (Think Fun!): DISTRIBUTECH International 2022
  • Most Innovative Design (or Redesign): Live Design International (LDI)
  • Best Use of Data: Global Pet Expo

Check out the 2022 TSNN Innovation Award Finalists Below: 

Best Exhibitor Program
Affordable Shopping Destination - ASD Market Week
Global Gaming Expo

Best Use of Technology
HYDROVISION International 2022
Marine Corps Marathon
Anime NYC

Created (Maintained) Culture
Clarion Events
VMX 2022
Awesome Con
FDIC International
Channel Partners Conference & Expo

Giving Back (Charitable)
MRO Americas
World of Concrete
MJ Unpacked
The International Surface Event (TISE)
JCK 2022: JCK Industry Fund

Hybrid-Virtual Experience
VMX 2022
New York Vet
Shoppe Object
Vision Expo East 2022

Savvy Marketing Campaign
Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022
World of Asphalt
New York Vet
Channel Partners Conference & Expo
The International Surface Event (TISE)

Team Building
VMX 2022
LeftField Media
JCK & Luxury

Created (Maintained) Community
AQS QuiltWeek
eMerge Americas
FDIC International
Anime NYC
PSP/Deck Expo
Live Design International (LDI)

Best Engagement (Think Fun!)
National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Expo
VMX 2022
DISTRIBUTECH International 2022
Airport Experience Conference
Vision Expo East 2022

Most Innovative Design (or Redesign)
Bar & Restaurant Expo
Live Design International (LDI)
New York Vet
The Temps at Dallas Total Home & Gift Market 

(All show finalists were treated to an all inclusive 2 day celebration at Caesars Forum, with the exception of travel to and from the event from their home location). Finalists were invited to attend the event and the winners in each category were announced at the gala! 

Here are the categories we considered:

  • Best Use of Data
  • Most Creative Way Revenue Was Generated  
  • Most Innovative Design (or redesigned) Show
  • Giving Back (charitable) 
  • Hybrid-Virtual Experience 
  • Created (maintained) Community 
  • Team Building
  • Best Use of Technology (in any way!) 
  • Savvy Marketing Campaign
  • Best Engagement (think fun!)
  • Best Exhibitor Program
  • Created (maintained) Culture 


This awards program honored and celebrated the “Best of Innovation” – shows that truly shined brightly in the past year with new marketing programs, an amazing virtual or hybrid event, a highly engaging (fun) show or created/maintained a great community or culture after digging deep and finding new ways to serve and engage their audiences.

They were simply asked to answer some of the following questions...

What challenge(s) did the show face? What was the innovative solution(s)? And what were the overall results and impact on the show? What innovative practices, customer service and/or networking environments occurred to make a fantastic event (even though the going might have been tough...) For example, what worked for engaging attendees? What worked to tighten the exhibitor relationships with buyers? Was data leveraged in an outstanding way? Describe how you created “WOW” experiences! Did you initiate an “out of the box” idea? If so, did it add some excitement to the event that created an unparalleled end-user experience? Did your event or team celebrate a milestone? (If so, you might have some boasting to do)! Did you improve your show's social media reach? Did your specific industry (and/or team) have a tough few years but your team adapted and overcame? How did they accomplish that?

We asked shows not to be shy; to explain the overall creative strategies which they felt qualified their event for an innovation award! 

***Nominations were open to North American shows only and were reviewed by industry judges.

***The deadline for nominations was September 9, 2022. 

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